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Band Of Skulls kept office hours

Band of Skulls frontman Russell Marsden has revealed the band worked "normal office hours" making their new album Himalayan.

The rockers - Russell, Matt Hayward and Emma Richardson - recorded their debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey at the rural Courtyard Studios in Oxfordshire, and their 2012 album Sweet Sour at the similarly isolated Rockfield Studios in Wales.

But Russell revealed: "We kept our regular lives going this time, we didn't go off to some wilderness to concentrate on the record, we all arrived to the studio each day and left at a decent hour.

"I think that kept things lively, because fresh inspiration came every day and there wasn't the intensity showing its ugly head. It felt like a normal job with office hours, and we all benefited from that.

"Making a record the other way, when you all go off and stay somewhere, is a bit like creating a microclimate, and the record is a giant storm but you don't know how it's going to go."

The musician admitted the band do put themselves under pressure when they are working.

He said: "Anyone who is creative has their own expectations of what they want to do and what they want their work to be like. We beat ourselves up if we're not doing what we said we would or putting the effort in. It's all down to us.

"At the same time, we choose who we work with and we want to find people who believe in our music. That might take time, but when we find someone who has a natural feel for our music, we go with them. I'd advise any up-and-coming artist to do the same, to avoid the traditional system. It might be harder work our way, but you can find a happy medium."

For information, go to www.bandofskulls.com.

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